Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Recipe: Maple Cranberry Coffee Cake...and a GIVEAWAY!
Do your coworkers moan and groan as much as mine do that you bring them in baked goods every week? Do they moan and groan equally as much the one day you FORGET to bring something? If any of this sounds familiar to you, then you NEED to check out my recipe for this healthy and delicious maple cranberry coffee cake over at Marcus Samuelsson's blog!
Here's the thing. I don't eat frozen meals.
Not since college, at least, when I remember having a few hundred encounters with frozen broccoli in cheese sauce.
(Don't look at me like that. You know it's tasty.)
Anyways, I know some of my readers, especially those with young kids or those still in school, don't always have time to start a meal from scratch every night of the week, which is why when Buitoni asked me to review some of their frozen meals, I decided to forge ahead and do it. (Even though I think we all know it's definitely not usually my kinda thing.)
I tried the four cheese and spinach ravioli with tomato basil sauce as well as the shrimp and lobster ravioli with garlic butter sauce...and was pleasantly surprised! The tomato basil sauce with the four cheese ravioli wasn't weirdly sweet the way a lot of pre-packaged tomato sauce is. And you could actually SEE the spinach in the ravioli. Love that. As for the shrimp and lobster ravioli with garlic butter sauce...the sauce was really tasty. I almost drank it. But restrained myself for the greater good.
While I was a bit hesitant to look at the ingredient list for fear that it would contain all sorts of ridiculous chemicals as well as the dreaded HFCS,I was happy to find that it was full of ingredients that I could pronounce.
All in all, I would say that if you're going to be turning to a frozen meal for dinner, Buitoni is a good option. Not only are the dishes tasty, but they are made from real ingredients - definite pluses in my book!
Buitoni has been kind enough to give two of my readers a chance to taste test these meals for themselves! Two of you will win three coupons for complimentary frozen meals. Buitoni just launched the release of two new dishes - the Chicken and Mushroom Risotto and Chicken Florentina with Asiago Cream Sauce and so to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you would do to complete these meals. Would you add a veggie? Some bread? An herb?
The winner will be announced next Monday!
Disclosure - Though I was given these products to review for free, I received no monetary compensation for this post. My thoughts and opinions on it are my own.